Hello autumn, hello spring (where’s winter?)

We seem to be experiencing a case of  “season confusion,” when two seasons of the year overlap and squeeze out the middle season completely. How long this will last, on the other hand, is anyone’s guess.

First, here’s Exhibit A. Below is a close-up photo of one of the two wisteria (glycine) vines that are growing on the front of our house in Daglan. As you can see, the leaves are beginning to turn yellow, a sign that the plant is reacting to the cooler weather we’ve been having:

The vine's leaves are definitely turning yellow.

The vine’s leaves are definitely turning yellow.

Just a few feet away from the wisteria, however, we have a fairly robust forsythia bush that is doing something pretty unusual.

Now here’s Exhibit B. While the leaves on the forsythia have been slowly dying off, I’ve noticed that the plant has also been developing a real profusion of buds all over the place — a sign that it’s preparing to burst forth in yellow blossoms next spring. But what’s this? As of this morning, it appears to be blossoming already:

Flower power, or false alarm?

Flower power, or false alarm?

I suppose the cool, rainy weather that we’ve been having lately may be tricking the plant into thinking that it’s spring already.

Will it reach the fully-blooming, flaming-yellow stage before winter’s icy winds begin to blow? Or will we skip the icy-winds stage completely this year? (I know; that’s pretty doubtful.)

In any case, rest assured that we’ll be keeping a close watch on these shenanigans.

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